Memorial services for professional golfer Calvin Peete will be held 11:00 a.m. May 16 at the Impact Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Peete, who was 71, died April 29 in Atlanta.
Author Johnson, Peete’s friend and business manager, said he was admitted to hospice care where he died of lung and pancreatic cancer. Johnson made his comments about the cause of Mr. Peete’s death in an article published by African American Golfer’s Digest.
Mr. Peete won 12 Professional Golfers Association tour events during his career. His first PGA tour event victory was the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1972. Mr. Peete won 11 tournaments from 1982 through 1986. In 1982, he won four PGA tournaments.
For 10 years from 1981 to 1990, Mr. Peete led the PGA tour in driving accuracy. In 1983, he hit 84.55% of the fairways in 87 PGA tour rounds.
“This a tragic loss for the black golfing community and the world,” said Debert Cook, publisher of African American Golfer’s Digest. “Calvin was a good friend and joined us several times for our programs and events, and always was a classy gentleman with our many guests.”